harrisoni (19338) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2005
Cask gravity at Notts BF 05. Ties as my beer of the festival. Black beer with lasting beige head. Intense hop, dark malts, some tar and bitter choc. Like a really good imperial style stout. Beautifully balanced, hops on end plus more bitter choc. Not too strong not too intense, not too alcholic, perfect balance haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2006
Cask (gravity) Notts BF 2005. Bliss. Solid black, big malts and lurking hops, wet tar, good chocolate, berries steeped in alcohol - there’s plenty going on here and it comes together wonderfully. <!-- br --><!-- br -->You can still buy this in the middle of summer round here at a Whim pub - and it tastes just as good. Simeon (2) - Derby, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2005 does not count
This ale is so dark it can only be described as crepuscule.
this stygian brew with its warm, nutty, fruity, chocolate and more than just a tiny hint of cinnamon flavour begs to be consumed on frosty yuletide evening in the company of close friends.
A log fire burns gently at the back of ones mind as the dark liquid easily flows from the flagon to the heart.
This ale can be compared to A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens where warmth and friendship can be found in the darkest of places. be that Man or Brew.
one thing is for sure this ale will leave you in no doubt that christmas is here to stay.
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2009
A Mes rate. Cask at the Marble. Black mahogany with a thin but very stable beige head and great condition. Lovely dark chewy malt with plenty of coffee and roasted nutty notes. Some liquorice. Tarty fruity finish. Clean. Drinkable. Excellent. chriso (21656) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 19, 2005
Cask (gravity dispense), Reading Beer Festival, April 2005. Deep brown colour. Looked a bit cloudy when held up to the light but it was so dark that it was kind of hard to tell. Hovers round in style between a strong ale, a stout, a porter and a barley wine. As this is obviously a Christmas ale, they’ve either made a special late batch or, more likely, given it some barrel ageing. It has a spicy, fruity aroma. but also has a surprising level of resinous hoppy notes. Lots of berry fruit and spices in the flavour. Slightly woody and quite bitter. Some licorice and dark chocolate. Full mouthfeel. Christmas ales can be a bit overblown and cloying, but not this one. perhaps its the extended ageing. A very fine beer.
leaparsons (10765) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 19, 2003
Describes as a strong english although its more stout like. This is black with a tint of red while aromas are earthy and stout like. Tastes of winter fruit and xmas pud. This is smooth, with a fair degree of sweetness with roast coffee and chocolate character. Like a strong porter, actually. Best of Leicester Fest for me. DanielBrown (4546) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2005
Gravity at Reading Beer Fest, with Kook, Duff, Chris_o and Joeh. Black beer of no fixed style. Nice Dunkel and fruit aroma. Tastes strong. Prickly hop and nettly grapefruit flavour. Meaty and big, with a long finish. Certainly amongst the best of the festival. DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 5, 2006
Cask Handpump at the Crown Inn, Stockport 31/12/2001
Dark coloured and strong in alcohol with some fruit aroma. Lasting fully roasted malt finish. albertane (377) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2009
Cask at the Derby Winter Beer Festival 2009. This nearly black beer has an enjoyable rich consistency. The flavours include aniseed and burnt sugar. Oddly, it reminded me somewhat of pumpernickel bread. jamesie1857 (1980) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2016
Cask at Sheaf View, Heeley... on Boxing Day. - Deep cloudy brown body, thin white head. Nose is spicy and fruity with some light hoppy notes. Taste is spicy as well, berries, some liquorice and dark chocolate. Quite nice for that time of year.